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Spain // El Camino de Santiago 2018

I’m flabbergasted knowing that a whole year has past since I embarked on my solo backpacking journey across Spain. I didn’t know what to expect. I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t make it to Santiago only using my God given feet. It’s a little silly to describe it that way but I must say that I am more grateful to have my feet. Let’s start from the beginning. One night I was in my townhome packing my things to put in storage. As I was packing I realized that I have so much stuff that I forgot I had. Looking at all of the items I never used overwhelmed me to the point that I didn’t even want to go through it all. To help the time pass, my good friend Karen Province and I had a photon that would change my life. I told her that I was going on this solo trip to Iceland and France. She thought it was neat that I was taking such a huge leap in to an international travel voyage alone because she had already experienced something similar. I was describing that I need a change in my life, a drastic one at that. She asked me, “Have you heard of the Camino de Santiago?” I responded with, “I haven’t heard about it. Enlighten me.”

To know that pilgrims walked the same path that I did makes my experience on the Camino more joyous. One year ago I embarked on a 7 week, 545 mile (877 km) journey across Spain. I traveled with limited survival supplies with only 20 lbs on my back. I lived on about $30/day including food and lodging. I walked an average of 15 miles per day until I arrived on the Atlantic Coast in Muxia, Spain. I love the idea that I can use my God given body for such a journey and not rely on other sources of transportation. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you. You can read the story of the 'Camino Trail' or "Way of St.James' in the link below.